International Development

Working in partnership with international organizations, development agencies, governments, and the donor community, we use our distinct insight and capabilities, and innovative approaches to achieve lasting transformational change that is aligned to the global development agenda.

How GEF Differentiates in the International Landscape

For the past several years, GEF has been guided by and deeply committed to helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and deliver the 2030 Agenda. Our offerings are designed to help low- and middle-income countries achieve growth and reduce poverty and disadvantage through public policy reform, by optimizing delivery and strengthening both institutional and professional capacity. By leveraging known leaders and practitioners, GEF has purpose-built its profile and engagements on the international stage and has helped international development clients improve the performance of their organizations, their programmes, and their people.

GEF works in all areas of social and economic policy and governance, including health, finance, education, climate change, biodiversity / natural resources management and public sector management. We offer the following turnkey services in this domain:

  • Institutional Assessment:

    Development of our own conceptual framework 'The Institutional and Organizational Assessment Model'; support to organizational development by assisting with strategic planning, and providing technical assistance to enhance institutional leadership.

  • Performance Measurement and Capacity Building:

    Development of frameworks for results-based planning, measurement, and monitoring, and the design and delivery of courses in RBM ("Results Based Management") as well as the development of tailor-made RBM systems.

  • Evaluations:

    Which includes sub-national, national, multi-country, regional and global programme evaluations, including multi-stakeholder and multi-donor trust funds evaluations; portfolio reviews and assessment; theory-based and programme-based evaluation; evaluation of corporate policies

    Our firm also provides services in quality assessment, in particular quality reviews and assessments across a wide range of themes, and meta-analysis of evaluations.

Sample Engagement No. 1

In 2019, GEF completed an Independent Rapid Review for a UNDP Country Office for a USD 9M biodiversity project funded by the Global Environment Facility. In so doing, GEF led a consultative workshop to define the project’s Work Breakdown Structure, drafted a Theory of Change that was missing altogether, revamped the project’s Strategic Results Framework to pare down the number of sub-optimal indicators to a more manageable number of SMART KPIs, as well as provided capacity to the UNDP Country Office on Organizational Change Management and best practices in Program Delivery. Our firm also re-validated the project baseline against the Project Document, redrafted Terms of Reference for each of the project’s pilot demonstration initiatives and drafted Statements of Work for key experts and consultants expected to delivery key project components.

Sample Engagement No. 2

In 2018 we were engaged by a client to advise on a strategy for the post-2020 biodiversity framework on issues pertaining to the health-environment nexus. We were invited to speak on margins of the Fourteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, regarding innovations in data science towards the achievements of both the Aichi Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals. As part of this assignment, GEF also participated at the 2018 UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and advised on the achievement of the Aichi Targets by addressing health related issues and linkages between SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being) and SDG 15 (Life on Land).

Our international clients are / have been:

  • United Nations Development Programme
  • United Nations Environment Programme
  • United Nations Secretariat for the Convention of Biological Diversity
  • Global Environment Facility
  • International Union for the Conservation of Nature
  • Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (Egypt)
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (Egypt)
  • Ministry of Environment (Egypt)
  • Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (Egypt)
  • The Desert Research Centre (Egypt)
  • Ministry of Environment (Jordan)
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Water (Jordan)
  • The Royal Botanical Gardens (Jordan)
  • Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister's Office (Malaysia)
  • Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources (Malaysia)
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife Management (Malaysia)
  • Department of Irrigation and Drainage (Malaysia)